Just to let you know, Pita came through her minor surgery just fine. I had to have my DH's hands to make it work though. The lure didn't seem to be bothering her too much before he got home though, she was eating and drinking with it just fine.
Once I had another pair of available hands, Ed cut the hook so the weight wasn't causing any problems and we pulled the barb through. That was the worst part. Then it was all over. I don't think Pita will be checking out any more fishing lures again, no matter how good they smell!